Roninski has looked high enough in the weights since scoring at Redcar in August and last month's Musselburgh winner Kingscroft was still beaten seven lengths when runner-up last time. Haamaat has a bit to prove over today's longer trip and this is tougher than the claimer Lockantanks recently won at Wolverhampton. Elusive Flame is preferred to the veteran Ceremonial Jade as the latter continues to endure a long losing run but the vote goes to GOLD CITY. Below par last time, he has strong claims on an earlier third at Doncaster and has scope for further progress on his all-weather debut.
Gold City (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Raced centre, always in rear, last of 21, 22l behind Idler (8-5) at Newmarket 7f hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Sep.
Ceremonial Jade (UAE) 12-1 (9-10) In touch, headway 2f out, soon every chance, ridden to lead approaching final furlong, headed and no extra well inside final furlong, last of 5, 2 3/4l behind Green Howard (9-12) at Yarmouth 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Aug.
Lockantanks 3-1 (9-5) In touch, not much room when challenging over 1f out, led entering final furlong, ran on, won at Wolverhampton 7f clm stks (6) pol in Oct beating Rakaan (9-10) by 3/4l, 8 ran.
Johnny Castle 33-1 (9-4) Raced near side, chased leaders, went 2nd that side entering final 2f, no impression on group leader, lost 2nd in group final 100 yards, held by leaders on far side, 9th of 26, 4l behind Jack Dexter (8-13) at Ascot 7f Apprentice Handicap (0-100) (3yo+) (2) sft in Oct.
King Of Jazz (IRE) 20-1 (9-2) Held up and behind, headway towards far side over 2f out, ridden and pushed right over 1f out, held when not much room inside final furlong, weakened towards finish, 9th of 16, 4l behind Prodigality (8-11) at Goodwood 6f hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Oct.
Red Art (IRE) 66-1 (8-10) Raced far side in rear, ridedn over 2f out, never a factor, 14th of 21, 13l behind Idler (8-5) at Newmarket 7f hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Sep.
Elusive Flame 7-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, ridden to lead over 1f out, soon headed, no extra towards finish, 6th of 16, 2 1/4l behind Amadeus Wolfe Tone (9-2) at Doncaster 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Sep.
Mr David (USA) 5-1 (9-1) Always in rear, 10th of 11, 10l behind Clockmaker (9-1) at Chester 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gs in Sep.
Theladyinquestion 33-1 (8-13) Steadied start, always last, beaten 2f out, eased final furlong, last of 4, 14l behind Fulbright (9-0) at Sandown 1m Listed stks 3yo (1) gd in Sep.
Poetic Dancer 16-1 (8-7) Raced centre tracked winner, ridden over 2f out, weakened 1f out, 16th of 21, 14l behind Idler (8-5) at Newmarket 7f hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Sep.
Haamaat (IRE) 14-1 (8-11) Steadied start, held up, headway 2f out, soon stumbled, ridden over 1f out, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, unable to reach leaders, 4th of 9, 3 1/2l behind Hezmah (9-1) at Newmarket 6f fll hcp (2) gd in Sep.
Roninski (IRE) 16-1 (8-13) Pulled hard tracking leaders, led over 2f out, headed over 1f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 12, 2 1/2l behind Kingscroft (8-9) at Musselburgh 7f hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Oct.
Forceful Appeal (USA) 25-1 (9-7) In touch, ridden 2f out, some headway under pressure over 1f out, edged right and faded inside final furlong, 7th of 18, 7l behind The Confessor (9-6) at Goodwood 7f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Aug.
Kingscroft (IRE) 9-2 (9-7) Chased leaders, went 2nd over 2f out, ridden and every chance over 1f out, kept on and no impression on winner, 2nd of 10, 7l behind Conry (8-10) at Catterick 7f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Oct.